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Norwegian Forest Cat - Fearless Vikings
The Totally Natural Norwegian Forest Cat
In Norway, these fluffy cats are known as skogkatter or Norsk skogkatt - literally, Norwegian Forest Cat.
The name has a real ring to it. So much more thrilling than my own Domestic short hair, and these cats are thrilling in themselves with their fabulous furry coats, green eyes, impressive feathery tails and the magnicent mane of the snow-dweller.
I live in a much warmer climate and don't need the thick layers of padding but I dream of those splendid coats. Oh well, you can't have everything, can you.
Norwegian Forest Cats were Vikings
Their Descendants are Maine Coon Cats
The first thing you should know about the Norwegian Forest Cat is that it's truly a natural breed and really does originate from Norway.
The skogkatt came out of the Scandinavian forests some time in the last 4,000 years to move in with people.
Norwegian Forest Cats explored the world with the Vikings, striking poses on the prows of a thousand longboats, protecting the grain stores on land and sea, and leaving their legacy on the shores of North America in the form of the Maine Coon cats.
Cats like this pulled Freya's Chariot
Direct Descendants of the Otherworld
Norwegian Forest Cats are direct descendants of the Otherworld, the cats who are mentioned in Norse Mythology. Cats just like this pulled Freya's chariot.
Norwegian Forest Cats are fearless with water
Fish is on the Menu for Dinner
These Forest Cats appear in Scandinavian legend, where they often show a particular liking for water. I found this hard to believe but, when you need fish for dinner, you have to get out into the icy lakes and streams. After all, a cat do anything.
Fairies or Trolls?
No fairies, but still some trolls
Coats of many Colours
Coats can change with the Seasons
Norwegian cats haven't been 'bred' to achieve their unique look, they're completely natural cats, designed by Mother Nature herself.
Their beautiful coats come in many colours, from pure white to deepest rich black, with every possible coat pattern and colour combination in between.
Darker-coloured cats require less coat to keep warm since they absorb more heat from the sun and the lighter -coloured cats tend to have fuller coats with more undercoat.
Some cats will have coats in colours which change from light to darker tones with the change of the seasons.
Mother Nature has produced a fine furry cat, perfect for colder climes.
Check out that Winter Underwear! - Keeps a Cat nice and warm
Norwegian Forest Cats need a FURminator
Any long-haired cat needs a FURminator and especially one of the fabulously furry Forest Cats.
I have a FURminator myself and in no way can I be described as having long hair. My very description, banal though it sounds, speaks for itself "Domestic Short Hair". That's me.
However, when Spring arrives, I need to get rid of the extra layer of fur I've grown over the colder months.
Portraits of Norwegian Forest Cats
Norwegian Forest Cats 101 Video
Fearsome Fur can disappear in Spring,
A fascinating side to the Norwegian Cat is the way many of them can differ so greatly in looks from summer to winter.
Some time in the spring they take off their "winter underwear," the downy undercoat that provides warmth, and the long non-tangling outer guardhairs that act as protection from rain and snow. The contrast can be quite extreme.
The inner-ear hair that deflects the wind and snow (and can be three to four inches long, curving out and around the ear like flexible racing stripes) remains all year.
The tail is always magnificent, being as much as twelve inches or more when fanned to its fullest.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the coat is the mane. On a fully mature cat over five years of age and living in adverse cold weather, the mane is nothing less than spectacular. It's long, dense and very, very impressive!
This excellent and almost fearsome mane may disappear in the spring, but it will begin to grow in magnificence again as the days become shorter.
More Norwegian Forest Cats
Norwegian Cats are Family Cat Companions
Norwegian Cats are Patient with Children
Norwegian Forest Cats are an intelligent, robust and playful breed. They like the outdoors, are well suited to cold conditions and are great hunters. Despite their great affection for the outdoors, they also enjoy the company of humans and other pets and will sometimes go looking for company if left alone by their owners.
They're not easily stressed and are quite patient, which makes them great for a family with children. They appreciate high vantage points and enjoy climbing trees or, if they are indoor cats, climbing on bookshelves and other high places in the home.
Grooming your Norwegian Forest Cat
No worries about grooming! Norwegian Forest cats are a natural breed and don't need a lot of grooming as do other longhaired cats who have been bred for their looks.
Very little, if any, combing is required, they're low maintenance and need only a brush about once a week.
Get your own Norwegian Forest Cat - A smaller than usual size
A cute little fun pack with your very own Norwegian Forest Cat collectible
Waiting for the Fire to be lit
Any pawprint, furry or otherwise, is welcome. Stamp your hoof, drag your claw, rake your talon, or leave your mark in any style you choose.
© 2009 Vladimir